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Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment

A part-time Master's course from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

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About

Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE) is a two-year part-time Master's course for built environment professionals, offered by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and supported by the Departments of Architecture and Engineering. It is structured around emerging trends, opportunities, and challenges within the built environment such as building information modelling and low carbon energy and materials, political and regulatory changes.

The IDBE is the oldest part-time Master's course at the University of Cambridge and is unique in many ways. It is truly interdisciplinary, in the background of its staff, students and areas it covers.

The learning approach is highly interactive and designed to encourage reflection and debate. Participants are supported by a team of expert tutors and supervisors. The speakers, lecturers and facilitators are leading experts and practitioners from both academia and industry. 

A key feature of the programme is the collaborative learning experience. The programme facilitates shared learning between peers, and networking with the extensive range of contributors, together providing a rich learning environment. 

Accreditation

The Master’s is accredited by the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Highway Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation as meeting the requirements for further learning and by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors under their project management pathway.

The main components of the course include:

  • Six, week-long residential workshops in Cambridge, three in the first year, and three in the second year
  • Online modules delivered via a virtual learning environment
  • Two individual essay assignments
  • A group research assignment around an area of mutual relevance
  • An individual research dissertation.

Read more information about the course.


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Becky Stanley, IDBE Course Administrator